Steelers’ Antonio Brown Requests Trade

[UPDATE: Brown Has Not Made Actual Trade Request, According To’s Ian Rapoport]

Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown has requested a trade, according to Jason La Canfora of (on Twitter). Brown did not demand a trade, per day, but he has asked to be dealt, JLC hears. 

Brown’s request does not automatically mean that he will be traded, of course. La Canfora believes it’s very unlikely that owner Art Rooney II will give in, so the Steelers could be in for a long standoff with a star offensive player for yet another year.

The Steelers, for the most part, have operated as a well-oiled machine. However, things have fallen apart as of late. The team’s relationship with running back Le’Veon Bell took a strange turn in 2017 and, ultimately, led to a year-long holdout in 2018. Meanwhile, Brown has been at odds with several key figures in the organization, including head coach Mike Tomlin and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Recently, Brown tossed a ball at the QB’s feet during a walkthrough and stormed out of the building. Brown did not play in Week 17, and we now know that his absence was not injury-related.

Tomlin and Big Ben are well-aligned and Brown feels that the two are a bit too well-aligned, JLC hears. Obviously, there are issues for all three men to figure out, but the good news is that they have plenty of time to mend fences between now and the start of the 2019 season.

Brown, 31 in July, had 104 catches for 1,297 yards plus a career-high 15 touchdowns. Those numbers put him in the Pro Bowl, but they’re actually a step back from his finest work, which includes 1,500+ yards in 2017 and 1,800+ yards in 2015. Brown was an All-Pro every year from 2014-2017, but was unable to make the cut this year.

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40 comments on “Steelers’ Antonio Brown Requests Trade

  1. goldenmisfit

    First bell now brown can we really say it is these players and not the organization.

      • davidkaner

        Bell got bad advice then it was all ego he blew 15 million dollars even with 8 games to go he should have come back to get 8 million so hope he saved his money because he will never recoup that missed money

        • trident

          Yeah but he’s probably getting a $30 mil guaranteed contract and he’ll be healthy.

        • JDGoat

          He also doesn’t get any money if he blows out his knee and misses free agency…

    • madmanTX

      It’s the players and a coach who is too laid back. The organization isn’t to blame unless you believe that every player’s demand for top pay or special treatment should be honored automatically

  2. elscorcho the marlin
    elscorcho the marlin

    Really, Tomlin is a good coach, but has to go. He can’t deal with his stars personalities. That’s what’s breaking this team up. And Big Bens attitude that nothing is his fault, ever.

    • 2012orioles

      Where is this Big Ben attitude everyone talks about? I watch every press conference and all I see is him giving everyone else credit

      • madmanTX

        It’s what some football fans want to believe about Ben. They see and hear what they want even if it’s not true.

    • emac22

      Its Tomlins fault the Rooneys wont pay bell 100 million dollars?

      Are you drunk?

      • jkoms57

        We’re a joke right now. And stuck with another year of a coach who let it all happen.

        A shell of the club Cowher left.

  3. 2012orioles

    What is he upset about? The only thing I can think of is juju being named MVP. I do think he should’ve been thrown to more often, but he still had 15 tds on the year and was doubled almost every play. I hope this is just him being emotional and he eventually realizes he’s a huge part to this team. He’s still a top 3 receiver. Juju played great this year but it’s in part to playing with brown. The Steelers need brown.

    • tsolid

      WHY would he be upset about JuJu and MVP? Team MVP Has no monetary value that I’m aware of. Yes, JuJu was a Beneficiary to AB being constantly double teamed. Fans better realize that JuJu is not JuJu without AB. He’s a good receiver, but he’s not AB

  4. sluman46953

    trade him to the colts. also colts sign bell. super bowl champ next year

  5. hmeakem31

    I feel like AB is almost as bad as Odell at this point with all the drama surrounding him this year

  6. madmanTX

    I’m happy to see AB get traded. I think he’s one of the best WR, but he’s immature. He can be replaced. I just hope some desperate team is willing to part with some top draft picks.

    • theeterps

      It would need to be a Khalil Mack level of return, and that’s just not gonna happen. They can’t trade AB.

  7. tylerall5

    Brown will never be traded. His cap hit is too big for most teams to absorb and the Steelers won’t take a contract to even it up. This isn’t like the NBA or NHL where teams can get a haul for players. They would get a pick or two, one being high one being late, and I just don’t think that’s anywhere near his value.

  8. dust44

    Send him to the Jets. So he can cry there. JuJu was better then AB this season. Draft another second or third rounder WR and roll. The Steelers r becoming so dysfunctional. Just send these whiney a$$ babies away.

  9. darquee

    The Steelers should take this opportunity to clean house of the attitude problems. Bell is gone and now they should trade Brown. Rothlisberger, JuJu and Conner are a better trio than most teams have at those positions and more than good enough to put up enough points. They should concentrate on fixing the back end of the defense.

    • tsolid

      People with actual common sense and pay attention to the Steelers know that Rothlisberger is the biggest Diva of them all. Blind people can’t see it guess. See what JuJu does when he’s the MAIN focus of those double teams.

    • yoyo137

      Another white person saying racist things about a black athlete they’re jealous of. You need more money and less free time buddy

    • yoyo137

      Oh and by the way, the Bengals are trash have fun with another losing season next year

  10. RockHauler

    No way the Steelers are trading AB. According to by trading him he would count in 2019 as a little over $21M in dead cap money and another $7M in 2020. The numbers make it almost impossible to trade him without hurting the team cap wise. So like it or not he’s here to stay for the foreseeable future.

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